Spurs 1-5 Chelsea
Chelsea enjoyed the perfect Sunday evening yesterday as they put five goals past London rivals Spurs and reached the FA Cup final in style!
Roberto Di Matteo went with Wembley specialist Didier Drogba up front and played Ramires and Kalou on the wings while Ashley Cole was fit to return to left back.
It was a tight start to the match with neither side creating a lot of clear chances early on until Kalou found Mata with a great pass on 26 minutes, but he wasn't able to control the ball with only Cudicini to beat. Minutes later, Drogba came close for the Blues, but his near-post header was deflected just wide by Ledley King.
At the other end Chelsea had JT to thank for keeping the scores level. Lennon headed the ball into the centre and Van der Vaart nodded the ball past Cech, but Terry was on the line to clear the danger. Shortly after that, a Van der Vaart cross went all the way past the Chelsea defence and came back off the post to the relief of the Blues fans!
Just as Spurs were beginning to look dangerous, Chelsea opened the scoring with an unbelievable bit of finishing. Lamps played the ball forward to Drogba who shrugged off Gallas to take the ball to the left edge of the penalty area where he unleashed a stunning left-foot volley that flew into the top corner of the net!
The second half started with Chelsea on top – Cudicini pulled off great saves to stop Mata and Luiz, but he couldn't do anything to stop the second goal. Mata got a shot away in the box through a crowd of players and the referee judged that the ball had crossed the line. Spurs complained about the decision, but Martin Atkinson was not going to change his mind!
Spurs pushed forward in an attempt to get back in the match, and they pulled a goal back seven minutes later. Adebayor found space in the final third and he skipped past Cech, who brought him down in the box, but Bale was on hand to knock the ball into an empty net.
Spurs must have thought they were going to get back in the match at this point, but it wasn't to be as Chelsea stepped up a gear. First Mata played a lovely through ball to Ramires who stayed onside and calmly chipped the ball over Cudicini, then, Frank Lampard made it 4-1 with a typical long-range free kick, which flew into the net from 30 yards.
The game was now won, but that didn't stop Chelsea from attacking, and in injury time Mata again played a lovely pass and substitute Florent Malouda took the ball in his stride and slotted a shot under Cudicini – 5-1!
Chelsea will now play Liverpool in the final on Sat 5 May after the Reds beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday.
Remember to check bridgekids on Wednesday for our preview of the Champions League semi against Barca!